May is for Mental Health
Updated: Apr 17
Written by: Hope Molnar | Program Manager at Pivot Fitness Center | AdvantageHealth Corporation
May is the time to raise awareness about mental illness and break the stigma that so many Americans face. A 2020 study done by the National Institute of Mental Health showed that one in five Americans suffer from some sort of mental illness. Even though mental illness is a very common disorder, there is still a stigma against those that struggle. The American Psychiatric Association describes two types of stigmas, Public and self-stigma. Public stigma involves negative attitudes towards those with a mental illness. Self-stigma refers to internalized shame of those that struggle with mental illness. Luckily, times are changing, and more people are open about their journeys. According to the American Psychiatric Association 87% of Americans agree that having a mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of in a 2019 study.
According to the National Library of Medicine, mental health is described as “our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act as we cope with life. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices." Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood and aging. If you are one of the many Americans struggling with mental illness, check out these tips to help improve mental health:
Take care of your physical health
Connect with others.
Find healthy coping mechanisms that work for you.
Working on your mental health alone can get tricky at times, sometimes you need to ask for help. Therapists are a great tool to consider when you are ready, they will help you explore your thoughts and recognize patterns you may have missed yourself. There are so many therapy options to explore, you can now do virtual or over the phone visits if that makes you more comfortable. If therapy does not seem like an option at this time, there are plenty of mental health apps, websites, and hotlines you can explore. Find what works best for you, you know what you need the most.
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Mental Health Resources:
SAMHSA’S Hotline or call 1-800-662-4357
https://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/learn/index.htm#:~:text=Mental%20health%20includes%20our%20emotional,others%2C%20and%20make%20healthy%20choices.&text=Mental%20health%20is%20important%20at,childhood%20and%20adolescence%20through%20adulthood. · https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/stigma-and-discrimination#:~:text=Public%20stigma%20involves%20the%20negative,have%20about%20their%20own%20condition
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